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Adobe InDesign Beginners and Intermediate Course

Two day Adobe InDesign beginners & intermediate course which will teach you the basics of desktop publishing with Adobe InDesign and give you the skills you need to get started in desktop publishing and design.

Introduction to the basics of InDesign and techniques needed to create a range of professional documents, including time-saving and efficiency features.
Learn to work accurately and efficiently as you progress on to more advanced document designs.

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Adobe InDesign beginners and intermediate course summary

InDesign course duration: 2 days
Level:  Beginners / intermediate
Software version:  InDesign CC, InDesign CS6, InDesign CS5

Who is the course aimed at ?
This course is aimed at those who currently have little or no InDesign or desktop publishing skills, and would like to learn the basics of Adobe InDesign and desktop publishing.

Course requirements
You should have good general computer skills. Some previous knowledge of design software will be helpful, particularly Adobe Photoshop for image resizing and colour correction.

One to one or small group of up to 4 trainees. Trainees in a group should have the same skill level and the same requirements.

Adobe InDesign courses are available on-site training at the client's premises (office or home) in Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, Worcester, Warwick, Oxford, Cheltenham, Northampton, Derby, Leicester, Sheffield, Leeds, Yorkshire, Manchester, Bristol and around the UK.


Adobe InDesign beginners and intermediate 2 day course outline


Day 1 - Introduction to Adobe InDesign and desktop publishing

InDesign Workspace
Overview of the main tools and palettes in InDesign
Setting Preferences
Moving around the document
Zooming in and out (Zoom tool, keyboard shortcuts, menus)

Creating a New InDesign Document
Starting a new document
Setting documents size and margins, columns and other options
Using guidelines to help control layout
Modifying document properties
Saving a document and organising files

Shapes and Selected Objects
Shape tools & Frame tools
Line tools
Selection tools
Set precise dimensions for an object
Accurately positioning an object
Duplicate objects
Group objects
Lock objects
Align & Distribute
Create multiple copies with equal spacing using Step & Repeat

Add images to a page
Discussion of correct file types, image resolution and image size
Setting image/frame size
Changing image size and position within a frame
Setting a border around an image

Set fill colour and stroke colour
Choosing RGB, CMYK or Pantone Spot colours
Gradient & Tints
Create a new colour and save in the Swatches palette
Editing and deleting colour swatches

Text & Type
Text tools and Text Frames
Inputting and editing type
Importing text from a text document
Setting Text Frame Options
Set type colour
Paragraph and character formatting
Basic typography settings
Leading, Kerning, Tracking, Indents, Hyphenation, etc.

Adding new pages, organising pages, deleting pages
Basic overview of master pages and adding content to the master page

Create a Small Document
Create a small simple document with text and images. This could be a simple newsletter, poster, basic leaflet, magazine advert, or other small document.


Day 2 - Intermediate Adobe InDesign

Pages & Master Pages
Working with multi-page documents
Creating a spread of two or more pages
Creating Master Pages
Applying a Master Page to document pages
Editing and duplicating Master Pages
Automatic page numbering

Working with Text Frames and Type
Threading type between two or more text frames
Viewing and changing text threading
Using the Story Editor to edit text
Using Find & Replace to change repeated text elements in a document
Using the Eyedropper tool to pick up attributes from another block of text
Using Text Wrap to wrap text around a picture or shape
Running type along a shaped path
Convert type into outlines
Inline graphics (using graphics inside a line of type)

More text formatting and typography settings:
Drop caps, paragraph rules, keep options
Controlling line breaks, paragraph breaks and column breaks
Bullets and Numbering options
Glyphs and special characters e.g. • © ™  etc.
Showing hidden characters (paragraphs, tabs, spaces, etc.) within the text

Style Sheets
Using Character Styles and Paragraph Styles to format type
Applying and editing Styles
Importing styles from other documents

Using a clipping path or mask (from Photoshop image)
Using Library items

Objects, Images and Effects
Shape modifying (Transform, Rotate, Scale)
Adding a drop shadow to an image or other object
Transparency and blending effects
Using Object Styles

Using Layers to organise images, graphics and text
Creating, deleting, and changing stacking order
Visibility and locking of layers
Moving selected objects between layers

Creating tables
Importing data
Formatting cells
Formatting text
Resizing cells, merging cells, adding or removing rows or columns

File Management
Checking font and picture usage
Preflight checks
Packaging (collecting together all files and fonts needed for printing)

Exporting files to other formats
Creating PDF files
Publish Online

Create Your Own Document
Create a multi-page document of your own design or based on your own example documents.


This is a typical course outline.
It can usually be modified to better suit your requirements.

A one day beginners introduction may be available if your needs are very basic (day 1 from the course outline above).

A one day intermediate course is available if you are already familliar with the basics of InDesign.


Adobe InDesign training is available at your premises in Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry, Worcester, Warwick, Oxford, Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Sheffield, Leeds, Yorkshire, Manchester, Bristol and around the UK.


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